Save the A.N.C. 6

Save the A.N.C. 6

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by African National Congress
Zambia
1982 or 1983
Type: Button
Coverage in Africa: South Africa
Language: English
The ANC Six were two groups of three men of the African National Congress's armed wing Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK) who were sentenced two death in two separate trials. There was an international campaign to save them and the UN General Assembly and Security Council passed resolutions calling on the apartheid regime not to execute the six men. On August 19, 1981, Anthony Tsotsobe, Johannes Shabangu, and David Moise were sentenced to death. On October 4, 1982, Simon Mogoerane, Jerry Mosololi and Marcus Motaung were sentenced to death. Mogoerane, Mosololi and Motaung left South Africa after the Soweto uprising and were arrested in December 1981 while on an MK mission near Hammanskraal. In their trial, both Mogoerane and Motaung gave evidence of torture at the Compol Security Branch offices. Mogoerane alleged that he had confessed to MK activities after a pistol had been put in his mouth, followed by a loud bang. Justice Curlewis ruled that their confessions had been freely given. On June 7, 1983, Anthony Tsotsobe, Johannes Shabangu, and David Moise sentences were commuted to life imprisonment. On June 9, 1983, Simon Mogoerane, Jerry Mosololi and Marcus Motaung were hanged. This button was apparently produced by the African National Congress, possibly in Zambia.
Collection: International Institute of Social History